Knightly News

February 19, 2019

Family Fun Night - February 21st

All Washington famlies are invited to a Family Fun Night at Washington on Thursday, February 21st from 6:30pm-8:00pm. The evening will include:

  • A fun, hands-on activity for students led by Wheaton Public Library staff
  • A short informational presentation for parents by Mrs. Craig
  • Reading and math games parents and students can play together along with Washington teachers
  • Fun, interactive technology activities in the LLC with Mr. Babb and other staff
  • A chance to see the new LLC furniture purchased by PTA
  • Desserts provided by PTA
  • Bus transportation will be provided from the Carol Stream apartments

    6:10 p.m. St. Charles Sq Apts NE corner

    6:10 p.m. St. Charles Sq Apts NW corner

    6:15 p.m. St. Charles Sq Apts SW corner

    6:15 p.m. St. Charles Sq Apts SE corner

    6:20 p.m. Parkway Commons/Carol Stream Crossings East end

    6:20 p.m. Parkway Commons/Carol Stream Crossings West end

Please come on out and have fun with us!

PTA Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, February 23rd

The Washington PTA Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday, February 23rd from 8:30am until 10:30am. Prices are $3 for children, $4 for adults and $15 for a family ticket. To volunteer, sign up here: Pancake Breakfast Volunteers.

Spotlight on SEL

Just as Illinois has state standards on all academic areas, there are also a set of social emotional learning (SEL) standards. This year we will shine a spotlight on all of the work our staff is doing to support students in the areas of self-awareness, growth mindset, self-management, interpersonal skills, and decision-making. You can read more about social emotional learning here: SEL. Recently, LLC Director, Mr. J.J. Babb, and 1st grade teacher, Ms. Mia Cortopassi, collaborated on a lesson using the book The Invisible Boy.

Spread the Word to Your Neighbors - It's Time to Register for Kindergarten!

Kindergarten Round-up for Parents AND Students

Informational sessions, called “Kindergarten Round-Up”, are for parents of children who will be starting Kindergarten in the 2019-2020 school year. Washington School’s Kindergarten Round-Up will be Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. to turn in paperwork. The meeting begins at 7:00 P.M.

Kindergarten Round-Up is held in the school for parents and incoming Kindergarten children. The occasion gives parents the opportunity to meet the principal and the kindergarten teachers. Parents will also become acquainted with the kindergarten program. Parents will receive a copy of the Kindergarten Handbook at this meeting. This is also an opportunity for children to visit the school. This will be replacing our spring visit day, but students will still have an opportunity to visit the classroom again in August prior to the first day of kindergarten

Parents are encouraged to begin the enrollment process before February 28 by bringing their child’s original birth certificate and three proofs of residency to Washington School. However, parents are certainly able to bring the necessary documentation to the Kindergarten Round-Up.

Parents who are unable to attend Kindergarten Round-up are asked to call the school at 630-682-2222 to add their child’s name to the Kindergarten mailing list.

For all necessary enrollment information, please visit Please feel free to call the school with any additional questions.

Parents will need to pre-enroll their child in order to complete the online registration process.

St. Baldrick's Time is Approaching!

For the third consecutive year, Washington will raise money via a head-shaving event to benefit The St. Baldrick's Foundation. The foundation funds more childhood cancer research grants than any other organization other than the U.S. government.

Our event will be March 20th at 2pm. Only Washington staff and students can register to be a shavee at this event, but parents are welcome to attend the assembly. Anyone can donate online. Students interested in being a shavee at the March 20th assembly should be signed up by Friday, March 8th on the Washington Baldrick's Event website. We will then send a Participant's Agreement home for parents to read and sign.

Washington families interested in donating can pledge a shavee or donate toward our event. All donations go to St. Baldrick's. Donate online here: Washington Baldrick's Donations.

We are honoring 3rd Grader Chase Ewoldt with our event. Thank you for your support!

February Dates

February 19 - PTA Meeting 7pm in LLC

February 19 - Science fun with Mr. Lee - Mrs. Coover's 2nd grade class

February 20 - Science fun with Mr. Lee - Ms. Consolazio's 2nd grade class

February 21 - Science fun with Mr. Lee - Mrs. Miller's 2nd grade class

February 21 - Family Fun Night 6:30pm-800pm at Washington for all Washington families

February 22 - Club pictures for yearbook - morning

February 23 - PTA Pancake Breakfast 8:30am-10:3am (NEW DATE)

February 28 - Kindergarten round-up and visit for incoming kindergarten parents and students 7pm LLC

February 28 - End of 2nd Trimester

Science Fun with Mr. Lee - Thanks, PTA!

Staff News

We welcome Mrs. Megan Burke to our staff, filling the resource teaching position open due to the passing of Mrs. Mary Schlick. Mrs. Burke has a degree in special education and LBS1 licensure. She taught full time before having her children, and then owned a tutoring business for many years. Most recently, Mrs. Burke worked at Wheaton North High School as a teaching assistant and long-term substitute. In her free time, Mrs. Burke likes to read, bike and spend time with her husband and three children - a sophomore in college, junior in high school, and freshman in high school.

March Dates

March 1 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Institute Day

March 2 - Franklin Middle School Dodgeball Event

March 4 - PTA Reflections Ceremony for advancers - 6:30pm at Hubble Middle School

March 6 - Crazy Hair Day for Read Across America

March 6 - Book Scramble for Read Across America

March 7 - Rainbow Day (wear as many colors as you can) for Read Across America

March 8 - Mismatch Your Clothes Day for Read Across America

March 8 - All-School Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) for Read Across America

March 8 - Report Card Distribution

March 12 - Safety Town Hall 7:00pm at Monroe Middle School

March 16 - PTA 5K Leprechaun Lap - Registration 7:00 am; Run at 8:00 am

March 20 - ADK online interest form 8:00am

March 20 - St. Baldrick's Event 2:00pm - Wear Green!

March 21 - 2nd Grade Biography Play afternoon

March 22 - Yearbook orders due

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Register for the the PTA 5K Leprechaun Lap Using the Below Link

5th Grade Rocket Engineering

Knight Writers (and Speakers and Video Creators)!

As part of the CUSD 200 Vision 2022 teachers in all grades are focusing on developing students' skills in writing and message production (speaking, presenting, creating videos). We are also working to create opportunities for students to write and communicate with authentic audiences. Student writing and message production will be included in the Knightly News this year. Enjoy! Check out these photos of Mrs. Longhini's ADK students. They wrote their own pattern books and read them to Mrs. Craig.

Nominate a Teacher for the Distinguished Educator Award

Calendar Updates

April 27 - PTA Fun Fair

May 17 - PTA Spring Fling

June 5 - Field Day

June 6 - Field Day Rain Date

June 11 - Tentative Last Day of School

Kindergarten 100th Day!

Parent Workshops

Check here for the latest information on Parent Seminars and Workshops.

Thanks for the Fun Valentine Parties, PTA!

WatchDOGS Sign-up - NEW Spring Dates Added!

The WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) Is a program that creates opportunities for dads to volunteer in schools. WatchDOGS do not have to commit to an ongoing schedule; they can volunteer as little as one half-day a school year. WatchDOGS help out with whole class activities and also one-to-one or small group reading and math practice. Students also love playing with WatchDOGS during recess!

Sign up to volunteer here: WatchDOGS.

Email Mrs. Craig with questions:

Cooler Weather is Here!

Washington uses a Cold Weather Color Scale to serve as a guideline for dressing for the weather. We do our best to enforce these guidelines for recess grades ADK-2nd and we highly encourage them for grades 3-5. If the feels-like temperature is below zero or there is heavy rain/snow, we have recess indoors. Otherwise, we like to give students time to play in the fresh air. Boots and snowpants are needed to play in snow. Please encourage your child to dress appropriately for the weather.

You can view the Cold Weather Scale on the Washington website under Our School/School Information or by clicking this link: Cold Weather Scale.

Box Tops for Education & Coke Rewards

PTA collects both Box Tops and Coke Rewards; both are easy ways you can help raise money for Washington. Mrs. Mandie Porick coordinates both programs. Box tops can be sent to school in your child’s take home folder placed in an envelope labeled Box Tops or in a ziplock. Coke Rewards can be sent in this way as well.

Looking for Yearbook Photos

Throughout the year, if you have photos of Washington events, please consider submitting them to be part of the yearbook. Email them to Cher Kachelmuss at

Elementary Handbook

This year, the Elementary Handbook will be online. You can find it on the Washington website and by clicking here: HANDBOOK.